Whether you dream of studying anthropology in Ghana as a foreign student or business in Germany, one scholarship can make it possible. Recent college graduates, graduate students and doctoral candidates with an interest in international travel, foreign language, and a passion for a field of study should take a look at the Fulbright Student Scholarship. Supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE), the Fulbright Student Scholarship is the largest international exchange program for U.S. students. Awards are available in a variety of disciplines although most countries also have grants that allow applicants to shape their own projects. Projects may include university coursework, field and library research, teaching English, or a combination of these areas. The Fulbright began in 1946 from a proposal by Sen. J. William Fulbright to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world.” The program awards more than 8,000 grants annually and operates in 160 countries worldwide.• Students must be U.S. citizens and in good health. • Applicants must be a graduating college senior, BS/BA degree holder, or a master’s or doctoral degree candidate. • Some Fulbright positions require proficiency in the language of the country where the project will take place – of if working in creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience. • Preference is given to students who have not resided or studied for longer than six months in the country to which they are applying.Unlike other scholarship programs, the Fulbright Scholarship has factors that make applicants automatically ineligible. They include: • Those who already hold or will hold a doctoral degree by the time of application. • Those seeking a medical degree program abroad. • Anyone who has lived abroad for five or more years in the six-year period before applying. • Former employees (and even contract employees from public and private agencies) of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency. • Officers, board members and or trustees of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Commission and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, as well as immediate family members. • Finally, in some cases, applicants with dual-national citizenship may not be able to apply in the country of his or her own nationality.
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